Manage Your Arthritis
Learn ways to still live the life you want with arthritis. Your choices to improve are known as "self-management strategies". Here are 5 arthritis management strategies that can be used at any age:
- 1. Learn Skills
- 2. Be More Physically Active
- 3. Talk to Your Doctor
- 4. Set a Weight Loss Goal
- 5. Protect Your Joints
Communities offer evidence-based programs - Enhanced®Fitness or Walk With Ease - specifically for those with arthritis. Former members of these classes share the benefits they noticed:
- I feel more in control of my health
- I now know how to manage my pain and symptoms -I can do daily activities that were once difficult
- I have less stress and a better mood
- I am more confident when talking to my spouse and doctor about what I am experiencing
Be More Physically Active
Physical activity is beneficial for everyone, especially if you have arthritis. The best part is that it is a simple, effective non-drug way to relieve pain.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults be physically active at a moderate intensity for 150 minutes per week. With arthritis some physical activity is better than none.
Now What Do I Do?
Check out ways to exercise safely on our Physical Activity page. When in doubt talk to your doctor.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have on-going joint pain be sure to talk with your doctor. Getting a diagnosis early can help you get treatment, minimize symptoms and prevent arthritis from getting worse.
The focus of arthritis is treatment is to:
- Reduce pain
- Minimize joint damage
- Improve and maintain function and quality of life
You play a key role in controlling your arthritis. Your part is to go to your appointments and follow your doctor's recommendations.
Set a Weight Loss Goal
Losing extra weight is important for people with arthritis. Losing as little as 10 pounds can reduce pressure and pain on key joints.
Protect Your Joints
Joint injuries can cause or worsen arthritis. Control your risk factors, stay in touch with your doctor and your body. Visit the Risk Factors page to learn more about arthritis-related risk factors.